In Jesus the Bridegroom, Brant Pitre once again taps into the
wells of Jewish Scripture and tradition, and unlocks the secrets
of what is arguably the most well-known symbol of the Christian
faith: the cross of Christ. In this thrilling exploration, Pitre
shows how the suffering and death of Jesus was far more than a
tragic Roman execution. Instead, the Passion of Christ was the
fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecies of a wedding, when the
God of the universe would wed himself to humankind in an
everlasting nuptial covenant.
To be sure, most Christians are familiar with the apostle Paul’s
teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the
‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever
possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a
husband for his wife? If you would have been at the Crucifixion,
with Jesus hanging there dying, is that how you would have
described it? How could a first-century Jew like Paul, who knew
how brutal Roman crucifixions were, have ever compared the
execution of Jesus to a wedding? And why does he refer to this as
the “great mystery” (Ephesians 5:32)?
As Pitre shows, the key to unlocking this mystery can be found
by going back to Jewish Scripture and tradition and seeing the
entire history of salvation, from Mount Sinai to Mount Calvary,
as a divine love story between Creator and creature, between God
and Israel, between Christ and his bride—a story that comes to
its climax on the wood of a Roman cross.
In the pages of Jesus the Bridegroom, dozens of familiar
passages in the Bible—the Exodus, the Song of Songs, the Wedding
at Cana, the Woman at the Well, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion,
and even the Second Coming at the End of Time—are suddenly
transformed before our eyes. Indeed, when seen in the light of
Jewish Scripture and tradition, the life of Christ is nothing
less than the greatest love story ever told.